Is this Thompson legal?

This is a discussion on Is this Thompson legal? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by buckeye .45 Here is the ATF's NFA handbook. They way I read it, it would qualify as a AOW, but I'm not ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye .45 View Post
    Here is the ATF's NFA handbook. They way I read it, it would qualify as a AOW, but I'm not a lawyer.

    http://www.atf.gov/publications/down...-chapter-2.pdf
    I guess I need to stay up on this. When the gun was sold new it wasn't an AOW, as of April 1st, 2009 it's considered an AOW, probably why A.O. no longer offers this variation.
    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/page...romBrowse=true

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    I found a letter from the ATF dated 3-14-11. Here is part of what it says:

    The Thompson Model 1927-A5 firearm is approximately 26-1/8 inches in overall length; contains a barrel approximately 13-1/2 inches in length; and, also, contains a pistol grip located behind the trigger and a forward pistol grip located under the barrel. Although marketed by Auto-Ordnance as a pistol, it does not conform to the definition of “handgun” or “pistol” as provided in Federal firearms statutes since it is not designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand. Therefore, ATF has classified the Thompson Model 1927-A5 as a “firearm.”

    John R. Spencer
    Chief, Firearms Technology Branch

    Looks to me like the 1927A5 pistol is on a list by itself.

    Thoughts ??????

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    Typical ATF jargon. A month from now they'll change their mind.

    And, if it comes with that front handguard from the factory, meaning it was manufactured that way, then the AOW stamp would only be 5.00 bucks.
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